‘Foie gras taken off the menu in House of Lords after animal rights campaign’

Posted on December 20, 2012

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Today (20th December), a news item was posted on telegraph.co.uk titled ‘Foie gras taken off the menu in House of Lords after animal rights campaign’.

‘… Peers will no longer be able to enjoy foie gras in the comfort of the House of Lords after it was taken off the menu following a campaign by an animal rights group –

The traditional French delicacy is controversial because it is produced by force-feeding geese or ducks with grain for up to a month before they are slaughtered for their swollen livers.

Some peers who backed the ban also wanted to banish the unfortunate image of earls and baronesses “scoffing foie gras” in Parliament while elsewhere in the country ordinary families have had to cut back on their food budgets.

A number of members of the chamber, as well as MPs, backed a call for the ban by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. It is no longer served in the Commons.

But until recently, members of the Lords and their guests could enjoy a range of starters in the elegant Barry Room including quail and foie gras at £7.50.

The delicacy was being served in a pre-Christmas menu at the Lords but the House is currently in recess and food will not be served again until January …

A spokesman for the House of Lords said: “The plan is that foie gras won’t be on any menus in the new year.”

Lord Kennedy of Southwark had tabled a question in the chamber asking for it to be removed from menus.

Lord Knight of Weymouth, who backed the campaign, said: “Whilst there are those people who argue it is very tasty, in order to produce the food it does involve cruelty.

“I don’t think anybody is able to argue with that or deny that.

“It is an individual judgment that people make about whether or not they are bothered by the cruelty.

“But I think for Parliament to sell things that are so explicitly cruel in their production is the wrong thing to do.

“I am delighted that the decision has been made not to continue to sell it …” …

Mimi Bekhechi, associate director of PETA, said: “We are delighted that the House of Lords will join the House of Commons in taking a stand against cruelty and removing this most un-British of products from its menus.”…’

Read the item in full and view image at www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9758404/Foie-gras-taken-off-the-menu-in-House-of-Lords-after-animal-rights-campaign.html

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